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Urgent Constructive Debate On Rural Ireland

Lowry calls on 32nd Dáil to engage in urgent constructive debate on rural Ireland

Independent TD Michael Lowry has called for an immediate, focused and balanced debate by all elected TD’s, with regard to planning a future for rural Ireland. Commenting on recent radical proposals for Ireland’s development by Mr John Moran (Former Secretary-General at the Department of Finance), Deputy Lowry stated that he disagreed with many of the views expressed by Mr Moran, with regard to his future vision for rural Ireland.


Using the comparative example of Ireland versus France; Mr Moran had declared that France was “pulling back services from less efficient parts of their country and encouraging those areas to develop a different business model.”

“How can rural Ireland attract a ‘different business model’, when such areas have been totally stripped of infrastructure and investment, with little attempt at supporting regional development. To advance a ‘different business model’ would entail a modern rural road network as part of other required infrastructure. Mr Moran appears to be unaware that the National Roads Fund decreased from €608 million in 2008 to a current figure of €294 million in 2015. In 2011 Tipperary received €45 million for roads. In 2016 this had fallen to €25 million. Also in 2015 some €439 million was made available to the semi-State utility Irish Water; taken from motor tax payment and local property tax.”

Deputy Lowry continued: “The IDA must immediately begin to invest in advance industrial infrastructure in places like Co. Tipperary; providing ready-to-go turnkey facilities with access to high-speed broadband being a priority. Neglect of infrastructure and investment in turn has had a domino effect in relation to the lack of job opportunities for a highly skilled and well educated workforce. The previous government and national agencies have done little or nothing to correct this current urban / rural imbalance. Young people are being forced to leave their homes, families and communities daily. Emigration has also had a massive impact on close local communities; particularly on sports clubs, who are suffering from decimation by the forced flight of its younger membership.

Back during the emergence of our Irish State; using our then fiscal capabilities, we established one industry after another. Ensuring not to make new developments simply localized affairs; we spread new factories as wide as possible throughout the State. This was done to avoid the problems of the over-centralization of industry; becoming part of a plan to make industry conform to the general well-being of rural areas. Same industries were predominantly placed in agricultural based areas, sharing in an industrial revival, offering work to those who otherwise would have departed via an emigrant ship. During this same period our Irish economy saw the net value of industrial products increased from over €18.25 million to over €28.25 million; while wages paid to production workers increased by €4.25 million and placed eighty thousand additional workers into steady regular employment.

Year after year, small shops, post offices and Garda Stations are shrinking. Fewer homes are being constructed, resulting in no work for builders and associated trades. Fewer children are being born; school numbers and teachers are reduced leading to inevitable school closures. The shortage of priests is leading to parishes becoming clustered with grave implications for church communities.

Urban centres must not forget that our valuable agricultural exports continue to emanate from a currently neglected rural Ireland” concluded Deputy Lowry


Lowry – “Reverse Decision To NOT Fill Thurles Civil Registration Post”

LowryTipperary TD Michael Lowry has called on the HSE to fill the vacant post at the offices of the Civil Registration Service, situated at St. Mary’s Health Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

In a public written statement Deputy Lowry said; “The previous Registrar has recently retired, after a lifetime of dedicated service. The HSE have confirmed that there is no immediate plan to re-appoint a replacement officer to this now vacant position.

The HSE’s Civil Registration Service plays a most important role in our community; being responsible for assisting people to register births, together with marriages, civil partnerships and deaths, etc.

This recent dilemma further highlights the immense challenges currently faced by Irish rural dwellers on a day-to-day bases. In particular, services provided by the HSE, are dying nationally; but not more so than those currently being experienced within the rural constraints of Co. Tipperary. Currently within our Health Service, post after post in our rural areas are falling vacant, with no incentive to attract suitable personnel.

In the past the Thurles Civil Registration Office has provided a professional and quality service to the local community. This same service has been undertaken in conjunction with parts of South Tipperary, Dundrum and Cappawhite, together with Templemore and Borrisoleigh. In the case of individual citizens originating from Tipperary and now residing abroad; they too have greatly benefited from the provision of these services.

I am well aware that there are other Civil Registration Service offices in Nenagh, Roscrea, and Cashel, which open 3 half days only on a weekly basis; while Clonmel offers a morning-only service to the public; caused by a retirement and the death of a staff member. The filling of a full-time replacement position in Thurles is therefore now essential.

I have been in contact with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and have requested that they immediately make a full, focused and determined effort to attract a full-time Registrar, to fill this most essential post” concluded Michael Lowry.


Municipal District Administrator Michael Ryan Retires


Pictured here L-R: Local Government Administrator Mr Michael Ryan & Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry.

The warmest of tributes have been flowing in over the past number of weeks for  Templemore/ Thurles Municipal District Administrator Mr Michael Ryan, who officially retired today, having worked over 40 years at his post in Tipperary Local Government.

A native of Templederry, Co. Tipperary, Mr Ryan first began his Co. Council career in Nenagh, back in 1970 and following a brief spell in New Ross, Co. Wexford, returned to Thurles in 1977, taking up the post of then Thurles Town Clerk – a post he held for some 30 years.

Following the merger between North & South Tipperary Co. Councils and the complete eradication of Local Councils by the previous government, Mr Ryan was appointed Municipal Administrator for the Templemore/ Thurles District.

While officiating at his final Municipal District meeting last Wednesday, local Council representatives were high in their praise of his years of devotion to duty, dedication and overall commitment to the Thurles district. Indeed one public representative described Mr Ryan as being the “Alex Ferguson” of Tipperary local Council Administrators.

Speaking to Thurles.Info today, Tipperary Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry highly praised Mr Ryan for his true dedication, forward vision, negotiating skills and his innumerable abilities in overseeing all aspects of local government administration. Mr Lowry went on to wish Mr Ryan every happiness, success and good health in his well earned retirement years, into the future.

M/s Deirdre O’ Shea will now take on the responsible position of acting Templemore/ Thurles Municipal District Administrator, in the absence of a new appointment to this now vacant local government post.


Is A New Government Taking Shape?

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Caretaker Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Caretaker Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny is understood to have offered the Fianna Fáil leader Mr Micheál Martin a full and equal partnership in the next Government, following their meeting in Leinster House at 8.30pm this evening.

Both men met to further discuss the possibility of forming the next Government.

Mr Kenny is understood to have proposed a Government compiled of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil together with a small number of like-minded Independent TDs.

The meeting is understood to have been attended by Mr Martin, Mr Kenny and a note taker.

Both men are due to meet again tomorrow morning, ahead of a Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting, latter due to take place at 11.00am.


Lest Thurles Forgets General Richard Mulcahy

In 2016 we commemorate, rightfully, those who took part in the Irish 1916 Easter Rising. From a Thurles commemorative perspective however, perhaps the name Richard James Mulcahy was somewhat sidelined, due to the 1916 Easter Rising being mostly confined to Dublin city.

This in mind, let us not forget that one action, if not the most successful of all 1916 actions undertaken by Irish Volunteers, took place in Ashbourne, County Meath. It was here on April 28th 1916, under the leadership of Thomas Ashe (A national school teacher from Lusk, who would later die on hunger strike), and his second-in-command, Richard James Mulcahy (A post office engineer from Thurles), together with 45 Fingal Volunteers, attacked a Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) barracks.

History credits Richard Mulcahy with the defeat of the RIC at Ashbourne, through his engagement in a flanking movement made on an opposing police column; latter who were rushed to reinforce their already surrendered comrades.

Arrested after the rising, Mulcahy was later interned at Knutsford and at the Frongoch internment camps in Wales, until his release on in 1917.


Pic (1) Michael Collins (center) with Richard Mulcahy; Pic (2) General Richard Mulcahy TD; Pic (3) Mulcahy with his wife Mary (Affectionately known as ‘Min’) in 1922.

Who was Richard James Mulcahy?

Richard (Dick) James Mulcahy [Irish: Risteárd Séamus Ó Maolchatha (1886 -1971)] was originally born in Manor Street, Co. Waterford on May 10th, 1886.  He began his educated, first at Mount Sion Christian Brothers School, Waterford and later at Thurles C.B.S, when his father and family transferred to reside in Thurles, County Tipperary. In 1902 he joined the post office Engineering Department, working first in Thurles and later in Bantry, Co Cork, Dublin and Wexford.  Shortly after his arrival in Dublin, Mulcahy joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1907 and later in 1913, joined the Irish Volunteers.

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